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Kuwaiti founds group to bring citizens, expats together.

In an effort to promote ties between the Kuwaiti public and expatriates living in the country, Mahmoud Al-Harbi has founded a group that brings together nationals and non-nationals at various activities and events.Speaking to KUNA, Al-Harbi said that this was an idea that he had nurtured for many years, but one that he only seriously started working on several months ago through the launch of an online forum ("This forum is the cornerstone for my project, which aims to help expatriates create links with Kuwaitis during their stay in the country and to introduce them to our traditions and cultures, and answer any questions they may have," he said.After sending out invitations through Facebook, Al-Harbi said his forum members now included some 200 expatriates, most of whom were European.Asked about activities that the group holds, he said that they included sea and desert trips, arts and culture workshops, and field visits aimed at introducing expatriates to important cultural and historic sites in Kuwait so that they would have better knowledge about the heritage of the society in which they lived."One of the group's most important goals is to help expatriates integrate into the Kuwaiti society, so that they can better understand the nature of the people here and convey this positive image to their own societies when they go home," he said.Moreover, he said the group offered expatriate members important information about Kuwait, including laws and regulations they needed to be aware of to avoid needless problems.Al-Harbi noted that the database of the 200 expatriates who were now members of his group helped him to contact them whenever an event was being organized.The group's online forum includes newspaper articles, local and international news stories, and information about tourist attractions, among other matters.Al-Harbi called on expatriates to visit the online forum and to benefit from the information offered there, and also invited Kuwaiti youth to become members of the group in order to promote the positive image of their country through keeping in touch with the expatriates in Kuwait.

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Publication:Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)
Date:Mar 17, 2010
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